Performance brake upgrade for Audi TT Quattro

Update

I’ve had the brakes on the car for a month and I have to say they have been better than I expected. I was worried about the break-in period. I wondered if they would seize or squeal. However, they felt perfect right off the bat. The brake pedal feels solid with no pulsations.

The brakes have a very slight squeal after 2,000 miles. It’s not bad and it only occurs once in a while.

I would highly recommend this brake upgrade. The final price for the parts from Amazon is about the same as getting replacement parts at the local Firestone or other repair shop.

Upgrade your Audi TT to high performance brakes

It’s time to replace the brakes on my 2001 TT Roadster. I’ve been thinking of upgrading from stock to some high-performance ceramic pads with slotted rotors. After doing a bunch of research I’ve decided to go for the EBC Red Stuff. They’ve got good reviews and should provide a big improvement in braking without excess dust and noise.

I’ve also been comparing prices and Amazon has a really good price. I’ll have Fred’s Garage in Redwood City install the big boys.

EBC Brakes DP3680C Redstuff Fast Street Disc Pad

EBC makes several sets of ceramic brake pads. The green set would be ok, but the red set is stronger and is recommended for the Quattro. It’s also going to require an adjustment period.

Redstuff has always been known for its low dust ability but the latest blend has greatly reduced the phenomenon of pad “Pick up” or disc scoring and reduced dust even further.Tested at the UK Motor Industries Research Association (MIRA) in witnessed tests early Redstuff reduced car stopping distance in tests by almost 50 feet from 100 MPH offering a staggering 30% brake improvement.

Redstuff however as a harder compound does take longer to fully bed in to achieve its highest levels of performance (can be up to 1500 miles/2500 Kms urban use) during which time the odd “Chirp” of brake noise may be heard when starting from cold in damp and cold conditions at walking pace speed.
EBC Brakes

Front Pads

EBC Brakes DP31330C Redstuff Fast Street Disc Pad

Rear Pads

EBC Brakes DP3680C Redstuff Fast Street Disc Pad

EBC Brakes USR931 Rear Sport Rotor Kit

Slotted rotors can significantly improve brake performance and longevity when used with a matching high friction pad set . Having sold hundreds of thousands of brake kits EBC Brakes feel confident their approach is as perfect as it gets.

We are of the opinion that slotted rotors have been “Over sold” by certain marketplace participants and our findings are that a slotted rotor will only give benefits if used with a pad that compensates for its reduced surface area. The benefits of degassing and promoting flat and smooth pad wear are a clear plus in favour of sport rotors but the trick is to opt for a matched set of brakes and not to just expect a slotted rotor to improve braking on its own.
EBC Brakes

Rear Rotors

The Quattro requires the 10.1 inch rotors, which are a bit harder to find.

EBC Brakes USR931 Rear Sport Rotor Kit -2 Piece

Front Rotors

EBC Brakes USR930 Front Sport Rotor Kit -2 Piece

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Preparing for the FCC

I’m heading to the FCC next week for a developer event.

On Monday, November 8, 2010, the Federal Communications Commission will sponsor an Open Developer Day event at FCC Headquarters in Washington, DC, to promote collaboration between Web developers in the public and private sectors, in furtherance of FCC goals to further innovation in accessible technologies and foster citizen participation in open government.

This will be a public, single-day event that prioritizes accessibility goals, though other Web solutions are also of interest. The event will feature guest engineers from the Yahoo! Developer Network and Yahoo!’s Accessibility team, and will have a component addressing the requirements and opportunities in the new Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act.

FCC Hosts Open Developer Day: Accessibility Innovation – Yahoo! Accessibility Lab

I’ve been playing with government data to make it ready for quick mashups. I threw a challenge to some other developers for creating a quick map mashup with a series of map points generated by a spreadsheet on Data.Gov. This is what Anthony Ettinger put together with Yahoo! Pipes:

It’s great to see how you can grab a spreadsheet from the government’s repository, convert it to CSV format, upload it to your server, and quickly parse that data for mashups. It would be easier if data.gov had the file in csv format instead of xls or zip. I could have saved the first few steps.

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Burka ban protest with a twist

This video is a protest against the upcoming Burka ban in France. Sarkozy’s known for attacking immigrants whenever his polls are low and they’ve been a big target lately. These students wanted to do something that would get more attention than just wearing burkas around the city.

Calling themselves the “Niqabitches,” the veiled ladies can be seen strutting past prime ministerial offices and various government ministries with a black veil leaving only their eyes visible, but with their long legs naked bar black high heels.
French women cause a stir in niqab and hot pants in anti-burka ban protestTelegraph

The music is also intended to be inflammatory. My friend Daniel explains it well

…it’s very funny, all in French slang, in the style of the early fifties, all about ways she likes to play with herself at night, it ends by her saying now you may ask me what I do during the day? ….. well I just get fucked it’s that simple..
D. Travert

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FedFlix: redistributing the government videos to the public

Carl Malamud at www2010I just watched Carl Malamud discuss his work to open government data and resources to the public domain. One of his projects, FedFlix, takes government tapes from archives, digitizes, adds , and finally releases the content to the public domain.

Carl also discussed his work with releasing legal documents to the public domain to allow all citizens access to law resources. Open Government data has been an ongoing talk at this conference. I’m looking forward to seeing more mashups and effects of this transparency.

Here’s a sample video that is relevant for the recent incidents. It’s a mine safety video.

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